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Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

Yolo Bonus Bucks Launches November 1

On November 1, the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency, in partnership with several local retailers and a local farmer, will launch the Yolo County Bonus Bucks Pilot Program – Yolo Bonus Bucks – to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among CalFresh clients.

Yolo County applied for and was awarded a $100,000 United States Department of Agriculture grant to implement a financial incentive pilot program to encourage the purchase of fruits and vegetables by CalFresh clients.  Yolo County was one of only two counties awarded the pilot project funding.

Health Officer Urges “Protect Your Community this Flu Season; Get the Vaccine

Health Officer Urges “Protect Your Community this Flu Season; Get the Vaccine

Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Ron Chapman urges people in Yolo County to get the flu vaccine.

“The flu vaccine not only protects you against a terrible infection, but also protects your family and friends,” said Yolo County Health Officer Ron Chapman, MD, MPH.  “Children, pregnant women and seniors are most vulnerable to the flu.  You can keep them safe by getting the vaccine and encouraging them to get the vaccine.  Please help protect your community this flu season; get the vaccine.”

Ronald W. Chapman MD, MPH Appointed Health Officer

Ronald W. Chapman MD, MPH Appointed Health Officer

The Yolo County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Ronald W. Chapman, MD, MPH as Yolo County’s health officer.  This appointment is being made following the retirement of Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, MD.

In the public sector, Dr. Chapman was appointed as director & state health officer of the California Department of Public Health and has served as chief medical officer for Partnership HealthPlan, deputy director/county health officer for the Solano County Department of Health & Social Services, chief of Medicine & Public Health Section for the California Department of Health Services and chief, Integrating Medicine & Public Health Program for the California Department of Health Services and Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Chapman has also served on the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Annual Community Garden Celebration September 16

Annual Community Garden Celebration September 16

It’s celebration time at the Hanna and Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden!  Join us on September 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the garden for food, a tomato tasting and a chance to meet our partners, gardeners and other garden enthusiasts. 

The event is hosted by the Yolo County Health & Human Service Agency’s Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Program.  All are welcome to attend and the event is free.

The community garden provides garden-based nutrition and gardening technique classes as well as community plots for residents and groups to grow fresh produce.  This year’s celebration theme is “Healthy Habits Grow Here”.  The event will include a visual representation of how the garden has helped improve the health of the Yolo County community.

RSVP is preferred, so please contact Rebecca Tryon at rebecca.tryon@yolocounty.org if you plan to attend. 

Countywide Homeless Program

Countywide Homeless Program

Yolo County is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Dickinson as the county’s new full-time homeless program coordinator.  Ms. Dickinson has most recently served as an analyst in the County Administrator’s Office.

The homeless program coordinator is a newly created position that will focus on coordination and expansion of the countywide homeless system, as well as supervising the newly created Homeless Services Unit in the county’s recently formed Health & Human Services Agency.  The unit will also include:

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

May 31 World No Tobacco Day

Every year, communities around the world mark May 31 as ‘World No Tobacco Day’, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.  In commemoration of the event, the Yolo County Tobacco Prevention Program invites residents to join in their efforts to stamp out tobacco use in Yolo County.

“Tobacco use is still the number one cause for preventable deaths worldwide,” said Yolo County Health Officer Constance Caldwell, M.D.  “Every year, over 40,000 Californians, 480,000 Americans and 6 million people worldwide die due to tobacco-related illnesses.  Regrettably, many who die will not be smokers themselves, but instead, were put at risk due to secondhand smoke.  Now, with electronic cigarettes enabling more and more youth to get hooked on nicotine, it will take the support of the entire Yolo County community to fight back against all deadly and addictive tobacco products.”